The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War

The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War

by Donald Kagan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801495563

ISBN-13: 9780801495564

Pub. Date: 01/28/1989

Publisher: Cornell University Press

The first volume of Donald Kagan's acclaimed four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War offers a new evaluation of the origins and causes of the conflict, based on evidence produced by modern scholarship and on a careful reconsideration of the ancient texts. He focuses his study on the question: Was the war inevitable, or could it have been avoided?

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The first volume of Donald Kagan's acclaimed four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War offers a new evaluation of the origins and causes of the conflict, based on evidence produced by modern scholarship and on a careful reconsideration of the ancient texts. He focuses his study on the question: Was the war inevitable, or could it have been avoided?

Kagan takes issue with Thucydides' view that the war was inevitable, that the rise of the Athenian Empire in a world with an existing rival power made a clash between the two a certainty. Asserting instead that the origin of the war "cannot, without serious distortion, be treated in isolation from the internal history of the states involved," Kagan traces the connections between domestic politics, constitutional organization, and foreign affairs. He further examines the evidence to see what decisions were made that led to war, at each point asking whether a different decision would have been possible.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801495564
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1989
Series:
A New History of the Peloponnesian War Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
1,069,318
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: The Alliance System and the Division of the Greek World
1. The Spartan Alliance
2. The Origins of the Athenian Empire
3. Sparta after the Persian War
4. Athens after the Persian War

Part Two: The First Peloponnesian War
5. The War in Greece
6. The Crisis in the Aegean
7. The End of the War

Part Three: The Years of Peace
8. Athenian Politics: The Victory of Pericles
9. Athens and the West: The Foundation of Thurii
10. The Samian Rebellion
11. The Consolidation of the Empire
12. Athenian Politics on the Eve of the War

Part Four: The Final Crisis
13. Epidamnus
14. Corcyra
15. Megara
16. Potidaea
17. Sparta
18. Athens

Part Five: Conclusions
19. The Causes of the War
20. Thucydides and the Inevitability of the War

Appendixes
A. The Willingness of the Members of the Delian League to Accept Athenian Leadership
B. The Historicity of Diodoms' Account of the Spartan Assembly in 475
C. Chronology of Events between ca. 470–453
D. Reconstruction of the Athenian Tribute Lists
E. The Papyrus Decree
F. The Foundation of Thurii
G. Athenian Actions in the West between the Wars
H. Athenian Treatment of Byzantium
I. The Date of Pericles' Pontic Expedition
J. The Site and Date of Brea
K. The Date of the Battle of Potidaea

Bibliography
General Index
Index of Ancient Authors and Inscriptions
Index of Modern Authors

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